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1. guns don't kill people....
the ongoing fight for mental health
news - criticism
7.20.12 : feature column!

In light of another tragic mass shooting, this time in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, many people are pounding their chests about the need for gun control. And once again, these people are missing the point. While it's unfortunate the United States ranks first in the entire world for private gun ownership, and our country's firearm licensing is permissive rather than restrictive, further regulations can't guarantee a violence cease-fire. After all, a mass murderer isn't going to blink ...
2. i see you, but it doesn't matter anymore
the rise and fall of music videos
music - criticism
6.27.12 : feature column!

Recently on a Saturday morning, I spent a couple of rare hours doing nothing but watching music videos on satellite television. As a child influenced by the 1980's MTV juggernaut, this is the adult equivalent to zoning out over cartoons. I slipped into a programming cycle that let me see highlights from: *80 and 90s pop/rock: ("Keep it Dark"–Genesis; "Never Tear Us Apart"–INXS; "Dear God"–XTC; "Smells Like Teen Spirit"–Nirvana) *current country: ("Good Girl"–Carrie Underwood; "Banjo"–Rascal...
3. carrot or stick
examining human desires and response
general - discussion
5.28.12 : feature column!

In a 2011 episode of the TV show "Curiosity", actor/producer/director Eli Roth hosted a reenactment of Stanley Milgram's obedience experiment from 1961. The goal: to determine if society has changed much in 50 years. In the experiment, volunteers take on roles of a learner and a teacher to test the effects of negative reinforcement on learning. A test administrator in a white coat straps the learner to a machine designed to dispense electric shocks between five and 450 volts. The teacher is sea...
4. dear college graduate
5 things you should know
general - lifestyle
4.30.12 : feature column!

Congratulations! You're the proud owner of a piece a paper that will launch you into the stratosphere. You've accomplished a milestone along your life's journey. Now it's time to get serious. No one has asked me to deliver a commencement address. However, because I'm often around a lot of students, I have some thoughts about your transition you might find easier to accept from someone you don't see every day. 1) Sorry you have student loans. But pay them. This may come as a surprise, so yo...
5. god for president 2012
the official statement
humor - criticism
3.28.12 : feature column!

Behold, voters, for I have arrived! No longer will I allow my self-appointed press secretary Rick Santorum to speak on my behalf. Bless his soul, he often goes off with his pistol half cocked, as we say in the American South. I am afraid that greatly skews his conscious understanding of me, the Bible, the Earth, women, Christianity, education, migrant workers, the role of government, the financial sector, the separation of church and state, unemployment, renewable energy, ham and cheese sandwi...
6. irrussistible
memories of russ carr
general - lifestyle
2.27.12 : feature column!

I had no intention of writing about the recent death of Russ Carr, my good friend and Intrepid Media colleague, until I looked at the publish date of my next column: February 27th. Russ' birthday. What a cheeky monkey he is to be jumping up and down even now to get my attention. Since we celebrated birthdays a couple of weeks apart, Russ and I often exchanged gifts. In early February of this year, I had his present ready to send: whiskey stones. Soapstone cubes he could freeze and then use...
7. portrait of an artist: eli lieb
an enlightened musician sharing his inner vision
music - process
1.30.12 : feature column!

Singer/songwriter Eli Lieb uses the ancient power of meditation to create fresh, modern music. With more than two million views on YouTube and a self-produced eponymous release, Lieb’s philosophy of total wellness helps him mine his instincts to perform with his whole self. His soaring ballads and club beat rhythms touch on everything from love and loss to the hidden potential within each of us. Currently on his North American tour, Lieb hopes people not only relate to and embrace his music, bu...
8. welcome to scuzzy iowa!
a guidebook for caucus attendees
news - discussion
12.28.11 : feature column!

If you’re planning to visit Iowa in 2012, I presume you’ve read a certain dismissive diatribe by University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom in The Atlantic. And, as some people are prone to do, perhaps you considered it a gospel account of life in Iowa. Scuzzy river towns. Desolate rural areas. Scary Deliverance-type meth-head hunters. Jell-O eaters. A shame, really, because it’s so easy to stereotype a culture, race, or population. Why, if I were feeling nasty, I could devise a nu...
9. don't dare spotlight the dark corners
what the glaring focus of political satire can reveal
news - criticism
11.28.11 : feature column!

I am no fan of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's perspective or posturing. My personal opinion is she appears to be an individual with myopic, bigoted views and sketchy credentials who adds quicksand to the current political quagmire. I believe that Bachmann, similar to Sarah Palin, has derailed women's progressive movement in politics. When her race for the presidency ends, I suspect she'll continue to shill her opinion, just like Palin, to the highest bidder, all the wh...
10. kids need to read
a progressive nonprofit inspiring imagination
news - general
10.27.11 : feature column!

The next time you pick up a book to read, hold on to that feeling of anticipation for a moment. Then imagine what it would be like to not experience that sensation. Close your eyes to the characters who speak to you, make you cry, force you to think. Try to forget the story that leaves you with a "book hangover" the next day because you stayed up much too late into the night to finish it. Ignore the destinations you've visited, cultures you've explored, theories you've tested. With one clic...
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RAVES

re: guns don't kill people....

A flawless piece written in record time. Awesome!

re: god for president 2012

Damn straight.

re: god for president 2012

I vote you to be God's next press secretary. Just sayin'.

re: god for president 2012

Awe.some.

re: irrussistible

Just an incredible job capturing what Russ was about. Thank you.

re: irrussistible

Russ is smiling!

re: irrussistible

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man gone too soon. Thank you so much for writing and sharing with us.

re: irrussistible

Not really sure that a critique here is necessary. Nice job.

re: irrussistible

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.


re: tune out to tune in

Very thought provoking and well argued, but I'm not sure this CNN junkie can break the addiction. I know I -do- feel better when I take a break from current events but can't seem to resist.


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